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by Ron Joseph

July, 2004

Painting Aluminum

Q. I have an aluminum lamp post that is painted matt black and is now showing considerable wear, particularly on the top over the light. I would like to touch it up or re-coat it entirely. What is the easiest process? Is there a one step coating for aluminum, or must I use an undercoat?

A. About refinishing the aluminum lamp post, I just completed repainting the post in front of my home. Use a pad of fine steel wool to remove any accumulation of dust and dirt; follow with a wipe down to remove the residue. Mask off the glass; I use aluminum foil for this part. Now use an aeresol spray can of antique black enamel and apply a couple coats over the entire surface. This procedure will last for several years with excellent protection.

Best regards,
Tom Burke

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